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St. John’s IceCaps forward Carl Klingberg tries to deflect a shot past Providence Bruins goalie Malcolm Subban during the teams’ American Hockey League game at Mile One Centre on Tuesday night. Subban stopped 27 shots as the Bruins won 3-2. The loss snapped the IceCaps’ six-game winning streak and kept the club from a franchise-record seventh straight victory. The teams meet again tonight, 7:30, at Mile One.
Providence snaps St. John’s winning streak with 3-1 victory at Mile One, rematch tonight
The IceCaps’ quest for a franchise first was quelled by what’s become a franchise concern Tuesday night as St. John’s dropped a 3-2 decision to the Providence Bruins.
It’s not that the IceCaps lost that’s worrisome. St. John’s, after all, was coming off a six-game win streak and seeking a franchise-high seven straight games with a victory.
Or that they were thoroughly outplayed by the Bruins, which wasn’t the case.
It’s just that the home side gave up another shorthanded goal last night, an American Hockey League-high 11 as the Bruins gained a bit of revenge on the IceCaps, who took a pair of games in Providence on their most recent road trip.
Anthony Camara scored the winning goal at 15:07 of the third period, but it was Craig Cunningham’s shorthanded goal at 11:10 of the third that staked Providence to a 2-1 lead and effectively broke the backs of the IceCaps.
“It’s a 1-1 game, we’re right in it, and to give up a shorthanded goal … well, it can’t happen,” coach Keith McCambridge said afterwards.
“We realize we give up too many (shorthanded goals). They’re momentum killers.”
Matt Lindblad also scored for the winners. Adam Lowry and Ben Chiarot had the St. John’s goals.
Lindblad got the game’s opening goal, 27 seconds into the second period, one-timing a centering pass from Nick Johnson.
Just over four minutes later, as St. John’s enjoyed a power play, Jerome Samson’s shot from the point was sailing wide but hit big centre Lowry, who was credited with his ninth goal on the year.
It stood 1-1 until just over mid-way through the third period when Lindblad went off for hooking.
Samson, a crafty winger, was again on the point, but an ill-advised pass was intercepted which led to Cunningham’s goal.
“The thing is, our power play was really strong except for that one (goal against),” McCambridge said. “We were pushing in the right direction.
“But even when we are on the power play, the mentality doesn’t change: we still have to be responsible with the puck.”
Camara staked the Bruins to a 3-1 lead with less than five minutes left in regulation time. Chiarot gave the Mile One faithful some hope with a rink-length dash that led to a goal squirting between Malcolm Subban’s legs with 3:17 left, but the IceCaps could not score the equalizer.
Subban finished the night with 27 saves. Michael Hutchinson, making his seventh straight start for the IceCaps, stopped 28 of 31 shots.
The teams meet again 7:30 tonight.